Times of India
Shame : Delhi still India's rape capital
MUMBAI: Delhi continues to be the rape capital of the country, followed by Mumbai. Delhi registered 568 cases of rape, compared to 218 in Mumbai in 2011, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics showed. In the 2007-2011 period, Delhi topped the chart, followed by Mumbai, Bhopal, Pune and Jaipur.
Among states, Maharashtra ranked fifth with 7,703 cases registered; Madhya Pradesh tops the list with 15,275, followed by West Bengal (11,427), UP (8,834) and Assam (8,060). The report showed that 75,257 accused (aged 18-30) were arrested in the 2007-2011 period across India; 38,845 fall in the age group of 30-45. From those aged above 45, over 9,000 were arrested, including senior citizens. Juveniles (below 18) come last in the list with 4,461 cases.
Investigators have found that the accused are known to victims in most rape cases.
"It is a social issue and it is impossible to come out with an initiative or strategy to curb such offences. Many cases registered are technical (with victim's consent)," said Mumbai police spokesperson and deputy commissioner of police (crime branch unit-l) Nisar Tamboli. "Offences are often committed by friends and relatives who lure the victim with false promises. Many times, offences are committed by unidentified persons and they easily escape arrest," he said.
Agreeing with police, psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetty figured out three reasons that lead a person to commit rape. "Anonymity, impulsiveness and power are some causes that make a person to commit the offence," Shetty said.
He said there was a system collapse in India. "There is hardly any fear left in the person who commits the offence. People should come together and form a community to fight for justice, to stop the serious offence. Then only can one find a solution," he said.
Former IPS officer Y P Singh said the police informally classify rape into two categories: technical and violent. "In case of technical rapes, there is an element of consent involved and there is no violence. Some examples are a lady caught red-handed in an act and then alleging rape; a man inducing a lady with a false promise of marriage and having intercourse. There have also been cases where departmental seniors have called for wives of suspended juniors to stop the husband being dismissed from service," said Singh.